Costa Rica's tourism retains its shine

Tourist arrivals in Costa Rica grew by 12.5 percent over last year during the first half of the year.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Tourism Chamber said in a prepared statement that in the first six months of 2008 just over 1 million tourists arrived by air, an increase of almost 90,000 over the first half of 2007.
"Although the figures aren't official, these estimates are a reliable guideline for Costa Rica's tourism despite the hard economic times both externally and internally," said Chamber President Gonzalo Vargas.

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The National Chamber of Tourism in Costa Rica expects that the sector will grow between 8 and 9% this year, an increase which as been labeled as "satisfactory" in an environment of financial crisis at the world level.

The president of Canatur, Gonzalo Vargas, said that "its is not the same as the growth rate in 2007 (11%), but taking current conditions into consideration, having a growth rate of 8 o 9% is more than satisfactory." The businessman added that tourism at the world level has been growing at an average of 2%, which is why he was happy that Costa Rica is going to obtain a rate that "is 3 or 4 times higher than the global average.

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